Let Them Eat Wheat
Aug 01, 2013
That’s the one piece of good news on a quick roundup of today’s trade and food safety headlines. Japan has reopened its borders to Oregon’s western white wheat. The country says it will test for any GMO wheat prior to shipment, Bloomberg reports.
There might be a little less sweet & sour chicken in China as the country has blocked imports of chicken originating from Arkansas and a few other states. An Arkansas senator says the restriction is an unfair trade practice employed by the Chinese, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.
And where’s the beef? Well, according to CNN there are 50,000 fewer pounds of it after National Beef issued a recall for some ground beef products sold to wholesalers. No illnesses have been reported.
The lettuce industry isn’t so lucky after bagged salad mixes are on the radar as the culprit of a cyclospora outbreak in several states. Food Safety News says almost 400 people in 16 states have confirmed cases. Sounds like a great reason to eat steak to us!
Out of the Closet
The Western Producer says those in the organic food movement are going to fess up and admit that organic food does contain genetically modified organisms. Why the admission? In a nutshell it’s just too dang hard to eat without ingesting something that’s genetically modified. Chobani Greek yogurt is having its own issues, with food activists complaining the yogurt shouldn’t be marketed as "real" and "natural" until it stops using cows that are fed with genetically modified feed.
But is that really as bad as it seems? The environmental pub Grist took a look at genetic engineering and natural breeding. And we think the editorial opened a few eyes, at least the eyes of the author. Perhaps these famous last words could apply to many technologies – "It’s not useful to flail blindly against something we don’t understand."
One Bad Headline
In grazing across a hundred or so websites this morning, it’s hard not to click when the headline reads "Seabiscuits & gravy: Company to start slaughtering horses next week." Should we expect anything less from Grist?
Watchdog.org, ironically, published a story on the Navajo Nation and its support for the New Mexico processing plant.
In the Red
Bloomberg offers a down-to-earth look at what cattlemen are facing, and how it’s impacting consumers. Drought, grain prices, demand, hedge funds. They’re all explained to readers as justification of paying more for their burgers.
Texas cattlemen are dealing with a problem as big as the Lone Star State – cattle rustling. Last year, more than 10,000 head of cattle and horses were reported missing. That’s a 30% jump from the year before. The Houston Chronicle has the details.
Wanna Go to Lunch? No, We’ll Pass…
Maybe workaholics are on to something. CBS News reports those who eat alone at their desk are sharper and more focused after lunch than those who dine in a restaurant with a friend.
Other News Bites...
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a turtle disguised as a hamburger! Sorry folks, some are just too good not to share.
Hamburger Helper minus the hamburger? That’s what General Mills is doing to update their 1970s classic in an effort to appeal to Gen Y consumers. Time has the details.
Ever had a McMergency? Well, apparently this guy didn’t either, so the police say.
Hungry? You will be after you read this tasty article from Forbes on trendy new cuts of beef.